It's been awhile since I posted a recipe. Earlier this year, I dropped about six pounds by incorporating a breakfast smoothie in my morning routine. Unfortunately, I still struggle with battling pounds at this hormonal crossroads in my life. I'm not alone. Perimenopause has wrecked havoc on my waistline, and it's not easy for me because I do have hypothyroidism. As a travel writer, I also taste a lot of food and beverages. I find that when I dine out often or drink alcoholic beverages, the harder it is to keep my weight in check. This book by Denise Austin was a great resource for me as well as some advice from Dr. Oz on weight loss. I've taken a little bit of information from here and there, and made my power smoothie as part of my routine to help maintain my weight.
In order for me to lose weight, I have to dine out less, drink very little alcohol, cut calories with a regimented eating plan, drink more water than what is in a river, and exercise more often. It's not really an easy task. I am no where near the same weight I was when I finished a detox routine on this blog three years ago. I sometimes wonder if I will ever see that same weight again, and right now, my goal is to keep weight off and not worry about where I was 3 years ago. I've got several trips planned this summer and I'm not dieting, but in between, I will come home and get right back to starting my mornings with my power smoothie.
I have used many different protein mixes since January, and now I've found a favorite protein powder that I'm sticking with for many reasons. Power Meal by Young Living packs in 20 grams of protein in a rice-based meal form which was hard for me to find in retail stores when I looked locally. Power Meal is rich in taste, calcium, antioxidants and amino acids. I do not pay retail prices for this and I get a member price which is 24% off of retail prices. So far, it's been a month since my first shipment, and the container is not even half-empty. I think at one smoothie a day, it's going to last a long time which also helps justify the cost. There is also a new protein powder that is whey protein that is new on the market. I've just bought that one as well and am really pleased.
Power Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup of frozen berries ( I alternate between blueberries and strawberries, low-glycemic fruit)
1/2 fresh or frozen banana
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Two half scoops of Young Living Power Meal Protein Powder
1 tsp of flax seed or chia seeds
Blend. If you like it more frozen, add a few ice cubes. Enjoy. It's that easy.
The Young Living Power Meal has 187 calories per two scoops. It is also rich in potassium at 149 mg per serving which is still just a small part of the 4700mg we need daily. Dr. Oz has a good list of foods that will give us more potassium in our diet.
I still belong to Papa Spud's locally, and I'm cooking farm-fresh vegetables almost nightly, too to help get the vitamins I need in my diet.
I hope you enjoy my new breakfast routine as much as I do. It's even better now that I've found my Power Meal.
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